Lehigh Valley (0-2) at Rochester, postponed.
Reading (3-2) Raced out to an early lead and held on to beat Richmond, 8-5. Anthony Vasquez went 7.0 innings and gave up 2 ER on 6 hits, 0 BB, and 6 K. Jeremy Bleich made it close over the last two innings. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/11/2016
While the Phillies were beating the Astros in Bright House Field, several pitchers who missed facing live hitters due to Saturday’s cancellation got their work pitching for Groups 3 and 4 against the Pirates. This was to the chagrin of most observers who would rather that the young pitchers in the organization not lose 6-7 innings to pitchers who are likely to be released or end up in Lehigh Valley.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 20th
Rainy day here in Florida. The Phillies 1:00PM start against the Blue Jays in Dunedin was cancelled. Today out will be their last day off down here barring another rain out. Over at the Carpenter Complex, the minor league games were moved up to 10:00AM to beat the weather. Nice try. A lightning strike in the distance over Bright House Field signaled the end of baseball before 11:00AM. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 19th
The Phillies were scheduled off today as they prepare for their big St. Patrick’s Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Two Class A groups faced the Pirates Class A teams at the Carpenter Complex. I don’t have much velocity to report or game action for that matter. But I have a lot of video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 16th
Saturday, the Phillies beat R.A. Dickey and most of the Blue Jays starting line up 8-5. Vince Velasquez pitched four, 2-run innings; and David Lough, J.P. Arencibia, and Nick Williams hit home runs leading a 14-hit attack. Yoervis Medina struck out the side in the ninth. The Phillies are 9-3 and have the second best record in the Grapefruit League.
Over at the Complex, a drama that will go a long way to determining the success of the Phillies’ regular season was held. It drew at least six coaches as spectators, as well as Matt Klentak and Joe Jordan. Jerad Eickhoff threw to live hitters for the first time since suffering a thumb injury before spring training started. I don’t think it went well.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 12th
Thursday, the Phillies traveled to central Florida and whipped the Atlanta Braves 9-2, pushing their spring record to 8-3-2. Former Phillies Michael Bourn and Kyle Kendrick started for Atlanta. Bourn went 1-3. He fared better than Kendrick who faced 16 batters in 1.2 innings and allowed 7 ER on 9 hits and 2 walks. The Phillies put up double digit hits again (16). Ryan Howard returned from an illness and recorded his first spring base hit. Roman Quinn posted his third triple in 18 at bats. Meanwhile, back at the Complex in Clearwater, the Phillies held two more intrasquad games at minor league camp. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 11th
MLB announced their top 100 prospects tonight. Seven players from the Phillies’ organization made the list. Since I’m sure this will generate some discussion, here are our seven top prospects and a place to discuss.
- #5 SS, J.P. Crawford
- #55 RHP, Jake Thompson
- #64 OF, Nick Williams
- #70 RHP, Mark Appel
- #84 OF, Cornelius Randolph
- #96 C/1B, Jorge Alfaro
- #99 OF, Roman Quinn
Crawford still at #5. Quinn was not ranked in 2015. Randolph moved up one slot from #85 to #84. The others dropped slots, some significantly – Appel from #43 to #70, Thompson from #51 to #55, Williams from #55 to #64, Alfaro from #59 to #96.
Cornelius Randolph is selected #5 prospect in the organization by a comfortable margin. He received 274 of the 479 votes cast (57%). The race for second was much closer. Roman Quinn edged Jorge Alfaro by 2 votes, 54-52. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #6
The Phillies played the Yankees at Bright House Field on Thursday. With Franklyn Kilome and Tyler Gilbert leading the way and a little offense for a change, today’s game was much easier to watch. There were still some ineffective at bats, but a few hard hit balls lessened that concern a little.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #8; 10/8/2015
This post is reserved for the discussion of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. You can tout the merits of your favorite prospects, instruct us on why your ranking is superior, talk about a prospect who intrigues/worries you, ask about prospects you haven’t seen and don’t know much about, or anything at all as long as it is about the top prospects. Continue reading Top Prospect Discussion: October 8th